By Kathy Bergstrom, CEBS
Elizabeth Byers described herself as "oblivious" to being transgender five years ago when she started working at Associated Bank, a financial services company based in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
"My circle of people was very small, so I just never really knew that these feelings of being female inside were something that was a 'thing,' that people would actually transition," she recalled. As she began to come to terms with being transgender, she started taking what she calls "baby steps" to test the waters of acceptance in the outside world.
One of those baby steps was joining the Pride & Equality Colleague Resource Group (CRG) at Associated Bank. Byers, who is a client delivery specialist working in the bank's Commercial Deposits and Treasury Management Department, said she felt comfortable with joining the group because she knew allies of the LGBTQ community were welcome to join.
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